Today we’re taking a look at the impressive KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer. These are real workhorses in the kitchen, and pretty desirable iconic bits of kitchen kit. But are they all they’re made out to be?
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No Shiny Kitchen could ever be complete without a truly awesome stand mixer. Frankly, there is no make to look at, when in the market for a new stand mixer, other than the infamous KitchenAid. They have a reputation for excellent customer service, and even more excellent kitchen gadgets. The only problem is choosing which of their large range of stand mixers is actually the one for you.
Personally I have two favorites, the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series detailed here, and the KitchenAid Artisan Mixer which we will look at another time.
KitchenAid 600 Series Stand Mixer
Now whether you can justify this particular stand mixer probably depends on just how much baking you do. The large 6 quart capacity makes it particularly good if you enjoy bread making in quantity. For the less dedicated baker perhaps the Artisan model would be enough mixing power for you!
KitchenAid 600 Series Mixer – Best Price
Now KitchenAid is not a discount brand obviously. These are high quality “last a life-time” kitchen tools, and for that you do have to open your wallet. But, don’t panic as we have found that you can still find some great online deals for the range of KitchenAid mixers.
The cheapest priced 600 Series I could find online is available via the links above. If you’re not in a hurry (and aren’t too fussy on the color) they have some good discounts on occasion. And, if you want something even cheaper you could always choose a factory refurbished model. Or, do as I have and request this as simply the best Kitchen Gift idea ever!
What Is The KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer?
Okay, so you’re interested are you (well it is pretty shiny isn’t it!)?. Right then; on with the details:
- This is a bowl lift KitchenAid mixer, so it takes up quite a bit of room, being larger than the less powerful tilt head mixers KitchenAid produce.
- An all metal construction professional quality stand mixer.
- 575 watt motor that will cope with tough and large mixing jobs.
- 10 speeds.
- Soft start to reduce the chance of splatter or flour “puffs”.
- 6 quart stainless steel mixing bowl with handle.
- An Electronic Speed Sensor to maintain precise mixing speed.
- An auto shut off, to save the motor should it be overloaded.
- A pouring shield.
- Wire whip, burnished flat beater and spiral dough hook.
- Choice of great colors.
- Solid one piece easy to clean, seamlessly constructed motor head.
- The mixer is 14-3/5 by 16-1/2 by 11-2/7 inches and weighs a not inconsiderable 25 pounds.
- Flip open multi attachment hub.
- Comes with a one year hassle free replacement warranty.
Not bad eh? But remember you pay for the huge power of these mixers. Yes, they are fantastic if you mix lots of bread dough in quantity. But if you’re buying something that won’t be worked that hard you might do well to save and buy one of the cheaper models with a less powerful motor.
Well, that all depends really on whether this particular mixer delivers all that it promises…
KitchenAid 600 Stand Mixer Reviews
Well, this is where you get to see just how great KitchenAid mixers are. At the time of writing over 1100 customer reviews had already been compiled (you can view them all via the link at the top). The average overall rating is 4.5 stars out of a possible 5 which shows just how reliable and long lasting these mixers actually are.
Of course a few issues are mentioned. A few customers have queried the mixer not incorporating all dry ingredients from the bottom of the bowl. But, that is simply a matter of adjusting the height as indicated in the manual for the appliance. Initially the range came with a plastic gear housing that had failed for some customers. KitchenAid were quick to replace them, and have since moved to a sturdier all metal gear housing so that problem has now been resolved completely.
I still don’t think these mixers are for everyone though. They are brilliant, but they take up some valuable counter top space. If you don’t bake so often, or in such large volumes to need a 6 quart mixer, I suggest the timeless Artisan mixer instead. You’ll save $100 at least and have more fun choosing colors. But if you have the room, and need for a truly huge stand mixer, you won’t find better than the KitchenAid 600!